Offers in excess of £650,000
The perfect lock up and leave, generously proportioned duplex apartment surrounded by established grounds Chilworth is regarded to be one of Southampton's premier residential locations and Chilworth Heights is situated at the end of a long private drive, positioned on the northern outskirts of the city about 5 miles from its centre. Local amenities include the Chilworth Arms, a charming country public house/restaurant, Chilworth Manor, a hotel/restaurant, pool, gym and spa, and Southampton municipal golf club. The area has excellent travel links via the M3 and M27 to London and regional towns/cities and Parkway railway station provides a fast service to London Waterloo. The property is a duplex apartment arranged over the first and second floors it is beautifully presented and extends to some 1940 sq ft (including the garage). From the communal hall, staircase rises to the first floor and the front door opens into an entrance hall. There is a well-proportioned drawing room/dining room, living flame fire, and sound system which is also incorporated in the kitchen/breakfast room and the two main bedrooms. The third bedroom is currently used as an office/study, next door there is a second bathroom. The kitchen/breakfast room is exceptionally well fitted with integrated appliances and double doors lead out to a wood decked terrace. There is also a utility room. On the second floor lie to two main bedroom, principal suite, bedroom 1, dressing rooms, eaves cupboard and adjoining bathroom and the second bathroom also has eaves cupboards and adjoining shower room. Historical Note The property has a fascinating history. Chilworth Tower was built in 1854/6 on land leased from the Willis Fleming Estate by the artist Richard Cockle Lucas. The house included a viewing tower and a gallery where he created his sculptures. A few years later it was sold to Mr Brinton, a local magistrate and by 1868 the grounds and farm buildings were developed. A fire in 1893 destroyed most of the house, it was then re-built on a different ground plan and for the next half century had various occupiers. In 1946 it was again up for sale as an ''ideal miniature estate of about 8 ¾ acres' and was bought by Mr Maurice Durant. Durant added a further 14 acres and improved the grounds with planting and earth movement. Durant also converted the house into separate flats. By 1998 the property was too large for Durant to manage and his grandson, Richard White, bought it. In 2006 the house and 2.9 acres of land was put up for sale. It was eventually sold on for development to Banner Homes. The old house was completely demolished and a new building consisting of eight residences round a courtyard was built with surrounding communal grounds of 2.75 acres (1.11 hectares). Chilworth Tower Farm and the old lodge were not included in the sale. Some of the farm buildings have been made into a modern residence with just less than 20 acres of the former Chilworth Tower grounds. Chilworth Heights is approached through a gated entrance with intercom, No 6 has a large single garage and a loft ladder gives access to a boarded roof space providing excellent storage. There is further parking to the front of the garage, visitors parking, and a communal bike store. Surrounding the apartments are particularly fine grounds, mainly laned, studded with some magnificent trees. There is a breeze house and barbecue area for the use of the owners. The grounds extend to about 2.75 acres.
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